Do you know how to dehydrate Mango? It’s really easy and it makes for a very healthy snack! If you can find Mango already peeled, ready to eat, and they are on sale just dehydrate them! This saves you money in the long run because you have some go-to healthy snacks for visits to the park or at home. I have seen those expensive packages of dried fruit on the store shelves lately. If you are lucky, you can buy some without chemicals or preservatives. Let’s go one step better and make our own dehydrated snacks, including mango.
How To Dehydrate Mango
Watch for the mangoes to ripen, wash them, and peel them. Now they are ready for you to slice and cut them into desired sizes to dehydrate.
This is how they look before they are dehydrated. Please try and slice them in uniformly sized slices or chunks so they will all dry at the same time setting. Spread them evenly onto your dehydrating racks.
Here are the dehydrated Mango pieces, pliable but not brittle, and ready to eat or store in mason jars. I use mason jars to remove the air with my FoodSaver appliance. This is how they look after they are finished in the dehydrator.
After dehydrating, I let them “condition,” or you can call it conditioning. It’s basically letting the dehydrated food sit on the counter for a week or so, just to make sure every crevice and curve is totally dry. Then I place them in pint or quart size jars and seal the jars using my FoodSaver.
No, I don’t use oxygen absorbers. We try to eat the food I dehydrate within one year, then I start dehydrating food for the next year, and repeat the process every year. Depending on the availability of the fruit and veggies during each growing season, what I decide to dehydrate each year may change. This is one more way to preserve what food.
How To Dehydrate Mango
- 5-6 mango, washed, peeled, and cut into bite-size pieces.
Place the pieces of mango onto your dehydrating racks. Space them so they are not touching each other. I set my Excalibur Dehydrator at 135 degrees and these took about 7 hours today. Please check your own dehydrator to see the correct temperature for your machine. The time to dehydrate will always depend on the humidity in the room. I stopped drying them when they were still a little pliable, but not brittle. I store them in mason jars using a FoodSaver to remove the air.
Drying Food Outside
In the Pioneer days, we know people dried food outside. This will work, but keep in mind it may take days compared to hours in the dehydrator. Cover the food with a cheesecloth or screens to keep the flies or critters away. It will all depend on the humidity and temperature outside to determine how long it will take to dry the food.
Can I Dehydrate these in my Oven?
Yes, you can. In fact, some ovens now come with a dehydrating feature. If you don’t want to invest in a dehydrator, set your oven as low as possible. The lowest I can set my oven is 170 degrees. This is the recommended temperature for oven dehydrating anyway. Slice the mango, and spread evenly on some parchment paper on a cookie sheet.
You may even have a convection setting on your oven, which would be awesome because the air will circulate around the food to dry more evenly and quickly. Just keep in mind, you must keep an eye on the tray you have dehydrating or they may get too hot and burn. If your oven will not go below 200 degrees, slightly prop the oven door open with a ball of foil to allow some of the heat to escape. This may be a problem if you are doing this in the summer and it’s hotter in your home.
My FoodSaver® Jar Sealer
This FoodSaver® Jar Sealer is built into my unit. The one shown is for other units, at least the hose anyway. FoodSaver® Jar Sealer The unit must have an accessory hose opening. I use a funnel to fill the jars. I love the fact that I can store my dehydrated foods in pint and quart mason jars knowing they will store for at least a year.
Do I have to use oxygen absorbers in the jars?
This really is a personal preference issue. I don’t use them and have had good results. As mentioned, I try to eat my dehydrated foods within a year, so I haven’t had any go bad.
How can I use my dehydrated mangoes?
I’ve found a number of uses for the mangoes:
- I put them in my morning oatmeal.
- They taste great in spinach salads.
- I also put them in tossed salads.
- Add them to muffins.
- They also are a tasty addition to fruit salads.
What the term Conditioning means after dehydrating?
Before I store my dehydrated fruit or vegetables, I want to make sure they are really dry. I set them out on the counter for at least 5-7 days to ensure every crevice is completely dry.
Health Benefit Information about Mango:
I’ve heard some great things about mangoes that I’d like to share with you in hopes the info will prompt you to give this delicious food a try. If you don’t eat it now, you’ll want to eat more of it as you learn about the benefits of eating this fruit. It may become one of your favorite fruit choices going forward.
Because Mangoes have a high concentration of vitamin A they are great in helping keep your skin, eyes, and bones more healthy. They are also high in potassium, which has been shown to help keep blood pressure at lower levels. They also have less sodium than other fruits, so people on a low sodium diet are recommended to eat more Mangoes.
As we age we should become more concerned with our brains staying strong. Mangoes are known to have high levels of vitamin B-6 which has been shown to help memory and concentration. The heart has also been shown to benefit from the fiber-rich nature of Mangoes since we all need lots of dietary fiber to keep things “regular.” Cancers of various kinds are leaders in affecting health and life expectancy. Mangoes’ contents help the body to fight free radicals and promote general cell health.
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I hope you enjoyed my article on how to dehydrate mango. Mango and pineapple are some of my all-time favorite foods to dehydrate. They are sweet and so easy to take in the car for snacks or camping. Please keep prepping, we must. May God Bless this world, Linda